The Frenchman admitted to his side’s lack of finishing in the game and it cost them the game.
Real Madrid had the golden opportunity to stand clear on top of LaLiga but Zinedine Zidane and his men lost that chance as they drew 0-0 against Real Betis.
Interestingly, FC Barcelona’s surprise defeat against Levante earlier on the day had given Los Blancos the opportunity to take the lead over. However, owing to their poor finishing in the final third and Betis custodian Joel Robles’ top drawer performance, Zidane’s men could only settle for a goalless draw.
The Los Blancos are now tied on points with Barcelona but the Blaugrana still keeps their top spot to a superior goal difference. Nevertheless, Real Madrid are still ahead of their city rivals Atletico and Sevilla.
Zinedine Zidane was dismayed with the result but the French tactician feels that every team in LaLiga has the capability to pose a threat. He said, “We lost two points, it was an opportunity to add more, but I stay with the positives”
“There is also a rival and they have also put us in difficulties, which is normal,” he added, according to a report from The National.
“It is true that we have all lost points, but this is the best league in the world and there is is no easy game, it does not exist. Every team can get you into difficulties and that is why it is the best league in the world. It is not easy,” he continued.
Real Madrid had a thumping result against Leganes midweek and according to Zinedine Zidane those days will not come every time. The 47-year old felt that the rhythm of the team was good but squandering chances made them pay.
“We are not going to always score five goals. We know that when we create chances, that is the most important thing. Our rhythm, intensity and overall game were all perfect, we just have to put the ball in the net.”
“We will continue and it will be a very difficult league until the end and that is what that there is. All teams have lost points, but as I said there are no rivals against which you win easily and you have to accept it. We must do more to earn more victories, but we are not doing so badly.”
There were speculations about a probable handball and penalty when the ball struck the arm of Betis defender Zouhair Feddal in the penalty area when he was committed to a sliding tackle. However, the handball appeals were shut out after a VAR referral. Zidane felt that there was potential a handball, as he added, “I saw a hand, but it is the interpretation of the referee and we must not look much to that.”
“It is not going to change anything, we know what happened, because I saw the hand and you also have to respect what the referee says. We have had a good attitude, we have made a good game, but we missed the goal so we have to keep going.”
Real Betis were struggling to get going and this unexpected draw will help them get motivated and also drive them away from the relegation zone. Head coach Rubi too reiterated, “The feeling I have is sensational. I think the players have made an enormous effort of concentration, tactical work and intensity.
“We drew the match and also had some chances to score a goal, so we leave very happy and very satisfied.”
Real Madrid will host Galatasaray up next in the Champions League on Thursday, as Zidane’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways.